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What's the best way to lighten Behr SilverScreen paint?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm painting a screen on my wall and bordering it with black paper tape. Behr Silverscreen is a little too dark for me, but I definitely need a little gray in the screen to help the black levels out. Does anyone know a good white paint to mix it with? Or a lighter alternative to SS? Just so you know, I'm not interested in something with glitter or sparkly things in it to bring up the gain.
post #2 of 11
Does anyone see bcortez lurking with a Beer Bottle to brain me with? eek.gif

Too bad. Introducing Pearlesence is the absolute "Bomb" as far as lightening up the Gray without losing the Gray's contrast assisting properties.

Unless you can accept that a re-constituted SS w/ Pearl would be a "best choice", then the alternative is to simply use a lighter, neutral Gray.

Go up to the DIY Simple Screen Sticky, http://www.avsforum.com/t/929997/beginners-guide-to-simple-diy-painted-screens
..........and go to the second page to this Post: http://www.avsforum.com/t/929997/beginners-guide-to-simple-diy-painted-screens/30#post_12107432


............and select the simple Gray of your choosing.

Too bad your restricting you options when the simple addition of the White Pear would do wonders. Pearlesence does not introduce "Graininess" but it does in the least (...and in the right amount...) keep your Gain at 1.0 or ever so slightly higher

"glitter or sparkly things". What drives that remark? confused.gif
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the detailed reply. The reason I am against sparkly things, is that I once tried a well-reviewed formula from Home Theater Shack that included one part Craft Smart Metallic Silver acrylicpaint, and the added glittery texture was too annoying to make up for the increased brightness. Gave the picture a kind of "impure" look.

Would adding lighter gray have any benefit over simply adding white?
Wasn't Behr Opal White Pearlesence discontinued?
post #4 of 11
I can set you up with a Mix that will have NO "Dirty-ness" or such, and still provide better results than a basic Gray. Interested?

The Behr Silver & Pearl Faux paints are history (...except the two Jars i still posses...) but there are better choices than what you tried that use better metallic s.
post #5 of 11
Just add white.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by bud16415 View Post

Just add white.

........and simply reduce your black levels and ambient light resistance, and every other reason for using a Gray solution.

That is very poor and counterproductive advice.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by MississippiMan View Post

........and simply reduce your black levels and ambient light resistance, and every other reason for using a Gray solution.
That is very poor and counterproductive advice.


Wants a gray paint like SS and has found SS to be too dark. Has an aversion to mixes where other stuff is added and clearly states he doesn’t want that. Hasn’t given any indication of room environment, screen size or projector. Basically asking should I add white or mix with a lighter shade of gray.

The advice to go to the sticky was good, as is once he figures it out, to just add white. The advice of “Pearlesence is the absolute "Bomb" could be premature given the unknowns. I personally have lots of options I like better than black paper tape as a border but then again there is nothing simpler than black paper tape.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MississippiMan View Post

I can set you up with a Mix that will have NO "Dirty-ness" or such, and still provide better results than a basic Gray. Interested?
The Behr Silver & Pearl Faux paints are history (...except the two Jars i still posses...) but there are better choices than what you tried that use better metallic s.

Sure, lay it on! The ambient light in my room needs all the fight I can throw at it.
post #9 of 11
My initial advice was predicated on his stated desire, however I did ask for a further explanation as to why "glitter or sparkly things" were off the table, and prefaced that request with a bit of countering info.

So it seems the only real reason he felt as he did is that he encountered a less than desirable instance using a metallic supported Mix.He stated that "graininess" was an unacceptable trade off for increased brightness (...the latter being something no basic Gray can provide...)

Well there is / are alternatives that can give him what he originally desired without his having to slide backwards in potential.

As you know well, we all ask repeatedly as to the particulars of any given poster's situation and conditions when we are asked simply, "What would be a good choice for me".. In this case however the exclusion of a particular genre of choices was added, alluding to something left unstated that was affecting the breadth of potential choices as well as the flow of information.,

So we had a brief discussion, and he asked a few couple other questions. I responded with a reply based on several years experience with similar mixes as well as altering the venerable SS.

That's when you came on and offered a suggestion that would effectively deny him anything close to what he originally aspired to have. While that suggestion would lighten up any gray, it also reduces and restricts the very reasons a Gray can be advantageous.

Really...lately it seems it's more about simply offering up a rebuttal to well intended posts than really looking toward what the poster really needs / desires.

Post note:

Well upon just posting this response, I see
lexlynx as responded favorably to my suggestion. So let's just proceed accordingly and let him determine the validity behind the advice offered. OK?
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by lexlynx View Post

Sure, lay it on! The ambient light in my room needs all the fight I can throw at it.

Details forthcoming later today.
post #11 of 11
Hi again.

Sorry for directly answering your question before.

If you wish to really get the best image you can out of your home theater you will need to provide some basics to what you wish to achieve and also what you are dealing with as far as your room, your screen size, your projector and how you want to view your projector. Some people set up in a dedicated room and paint that room in dark colors and view with all lights off much like a movie theater. Others want a setting like a sports bar or a normal living room setting. Some people are looking for something cheap and simple to get going and others are looking for the ultimate in perfect viewing experience. Some painting methods require you mask off your room and get some experience with spray painting using an airless sprayer. Photos of your room are always helpful as it shows windows and where light could come from. Some people only plan on using their projectors at night.

I’m sure this information will help others best help you with getting started.
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